Seahawks Hall Of Fame DL Cortez Kennedy passed away at his home in Orlando, Florida today. Kennedy had a long road to the NFL, He was born and spent his entire childhood in Wilson, a small town of 903 in Arkansas and played his high school ball at Rivercrest High School. He started his college career at Northwest Mississippi Community College, until he won a scholarship to play at new powerhouse program Miami (FL). Kennedy played a important role for the Hurricanes, winning the 1989 national championship and becoming a All-American in that same season.
Kennedy became pro and was drafted third overall by Seattle in the 1990 NFL Draft. Kennedy didn’t need that much time to become a force in the league, already booking a Pro Bowl appearance in his second season and his 1992 campaign was legendary. Kennedy recorded 14 quarterback sacks that season and named the AP Defensive Player of the year even though he was playing for a pitiful 2 win team. When he hanged up his cleats after the 2000 season, Kennedy was named to the Pro Bowl 8x times (1991-1996, 1998, 1999), was named to three first team All-Pro (1992 -1994) and two second team All-Pro (1991,1996) appearances and made it to the NFL 1990s All-Decade team.
Seattle retired his No.96 in a Ring of Honor ceremony and in 2012 his accomplishments on the field lead him to be inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Cortez Kennedy was main competent of football for a city that was still growing into football during the 1990s. Even though he was a superstar DL, Kennedy still maintained that soft, all around nice guy that we all knew to love.The city of Seattle is still found of him, including hip hop star Macklemore who rocked the No.96 in one of his music videos. Kennedy was 48.
Rest In Peace Cortez Kennedy 1968-2017